Tyndale can develop a boot program to meet the needs of any organization requiring foot protection for their employees. The goal of our program is to deliver flexibility, choice and convenience to your company’s employees. Tyndale’s standard boot program offers two options for workers to purchase boots: direct from Tyndale at prices approximately 20% below retail, or from their favorite store for reimbursement from their program allowance.
Direct Purchase: Tyndale offers a limited selection of boots that may be added to any program and purchased the same way that employees purchase FR clothing—via online ordering, phone, or fax.
Allowance Reimbursement: Tyndale offers a flexible boot reimbursement option that allows employees to shop and try on boots at the store of their choice:
Included in Tyndale’s program are a variety of boots with composite toe that are EH-rated and labeled to meet ASTM F2412. Tyndale offers many boots with steel toe and several without steel toe. The approved boots are made by a variety of manufacturers:
ASTM F2413 is the Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Foot Protection. This standard covers the minimum design, performance, testing, labeling and classification requirements, and prescribes fit, function and performance criteria for footwear designed to be worn to provide protection against a variety of workplace hazards that can potentially result in injury. It references test methods outlined in ASTM F2412, Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection. Replacing the specification ANSI Z41, ASTM F2413 covers performance criteria for a wide range of footwear.
One of the biggest misconceptions related to ASTM F2413 is the idea that footwear needs to “meet” the standard. Footwear does not need to meet all of the requirements listed below to conform to ASTM F2413 but should clearly state which of the requirements the footwear does meet:
In all, there are nine categories that footwear may protect against.
There are a broad variety of boots available on the market. Many of the boots are EH-rated and meet the specifications of ASTM F2412 and F2413, the most recent standards for footwear. In addition, there are other protective characteristics that may be important to your workers:
Tyndale also offers women’s boots with protective toes and recommends purchasing these instead of men’s boots when a protective toe is needed.
NFPA 70E has a provision for heavy-duty leather work shoes for any task with an estimated energy level of 4 cal or higher, but stops short of requiring EH-rated boots. However, most electric utilities require their workers to wear EH-rated boots.
References for this post were accessed January 2014: